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Labour Group proposing to exclude golf courses from long-term private leases

At the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 17th July, the Labour Group will be proposing to exclude Broome Manor and Highworth Golf Courses from being transferred on long-term leases to a private company chosen by the administration of the Council. In 2013/14 Broome Manor Golf Course made a surplus of £60,000 and Highworth Golf Course […]

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Labour councillors call for golf courses to not be transferred to leases

At the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 17th July, the Labour Group will be proposing an amendment to exclude Broome Manor and Highworth Golf Courses from being transferred on long-term leases to a private company called Twigmarket Ltd. It is proposed that Broome Manor Golf Course be leased to this private company for 75 years […]

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Labour Group calls for termination of Oasis agreement

The Swindon Labour Group Leader, Councillor Jim Grant, has called on Swindon Borough Council to terminate its Development Agreement with Moirai Capital Investments, following news that Moirai has breached its agreement with Swindon Borough Council. The Labour Group Leader said he had obtained information that Moirai had breached its agreement with the Council by failing […]

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Jim Grant responds to Councillor Renard’s Swindon Advertiser column

Jim Grant has responded to Counciller Renard’s recent Swindon Advertiser column. His letter is as follows: “I refer to the Leader of Swindon Council’s recent column in your newspaper. I congratulate him in writing such a provocative piece, however the principles for which Councillor Renard espoused were far from the reality by which his and […]

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Swindon Labour Group calls for an investigation into Oasis deal

Swindon’s Labour Group has called for an investigation into the lease deal for the Oasis Leisure Centre, and a pause to the planned 99 year lease of the Council’s other Leisure facilities, as the full picture about the Oasis has started to unravel and the number of Swindon businesses out-of-pocket to the failed developers rises. […]

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Council refusing to pick up green waste fly-tipping following collection charge

Swindon Council is refusing to collect most fly-tipped green waste and is instead attaching enforcement notes to the bags, leading to unsightly areas in the town. This decision follows the Council’s introduction of an optional £40 per year charge for green waste collection. Since the introduction of the new chargeable green waste collection service fly-tipping […]

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Statement from Mark Dempsey on the Mayor resignation

People across Swindon have recoiled in horror when they have read or heard the deeply offensive comments made by Nick Martin. The CEO of Scope, the national disability charity said that these comments show a ‘deep-seated ignorance towards disabled people’. In my view these comments were deeply disrespectful and offensive towards people with learning disabilities. […]

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Seizing the opportunity to grow a Green Economy, creating a ‘Solar Swindon’

Let’s seize the opportunity of Growing the Green Economy and creating a ‘Solar Swindon’. In my view Climate Change is the greatest challenge to face our generation. The recent UN report confirms that we urgently need to move towards renewable forms of energy. However this huge challenge presents Swindon with a great opportunity. That’s why […]